Are Christians Persecuted in the United States?

The answer, of course, to the question posed in the title is obviously “yes.” People of every possible view get persecuted in some way in every society, especially if one defines persecution broadly enough to include things like “being called stupid by a complete stranger on Facebook.” But since by that definition every category of [Read More...]

Walking the Extra Mile With Pastries for Gay People

Rachel Held Evans has written about the legislation currently under discussion in Arizona. Her words are insightful. I quoted part of her post above. Here is a little more: You know who was actually persecuted for their religious beliefs?  Jews under Roman occupation in the first century.   And you know what Jesus told those Jews to [Read More...]

Religious Freedom: A Shield, Not A Sword

Via Americans United on Facebook   [Read more...]

Where We Focus Our Efforts

The United States lags behind other countries in many respects, despite being wealthier, and in most instances also more populous. We have more money and hours than most other major world powers and developed nations to dedicate to the things we consider important. And so why are things like poverty, health care, and education not [Read More...]

Elysium

I recently watched the movie Elysium. It can't decide whether it wants to primarily be an action sci-fi movie or a dystopian political commentary, and so it tries to do both. But it is the latter that makes it powerful. The movie envisages a future in which the wealthy have moved to Elysium – a [Read More...]

Employers, Religion, and Insurance

Via the Daily Kos.   [Read more...]

Liberal Jesus Wishes You Happy Holidays

A few days ago, a list of verses that supposedly prove Jesus was a liberal circulated. Being a liberal myself, you might expect me to be delighted by such a list. And indeed, I’ve sometimes clicked “like” on such things or passed them on, because they can provide a useful counter to those who assume [Read More...]

Antilabelism

Via The Nib [Read more...]

It’s All Here in the Bible

I wish I’d come across this political cartoon by Kevin Moore about Obama as the antichrist when it was made in 2008. But better late than never, and even if it is not as politically timely now, its point about Biblical interpretation remains as relevant as ever. [Read more...]

Patheos Public Square

There’s a relatively new feature on the Patheos website: Patheos Public Square. The current topic is “Does America Need a Civil Religion?” [Read more...]

Restarting America

HT Jerry Coyne [Read more...]


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